- Seek influences from other art forms such as theatre, the visual arts, and architecture.
- Design sets, lighting, costumes, and other artistic elements of productions, in collaboration with cast members.
- Develop set designs based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
- Estimate set- or exhibit-related costs including materials, construction, and rental of props or locations.
- Direct and coordinate construction, erection, or decoration activities in order to ensure that sets or exhibits meet design, budget, and schedule requirements.
- Read scripts in order to determine location, set, and design requirements.
- Submit plans for approval, and adapt plans to serve intended purposes, or to conform to budget or fabrication restrictions.
- Supervise assistants’ work throughout the design process.
- Prop management.
- Plan, coordinate, and oversee logistics.
- Collaborate with those in charge of lighting and sound so that those production aspects can be coordinated with set designs or exhibit layouts.
- Attend rehearsals and production meetings in order to obtain and share information related to sets.